The self-proclaimed white-hat hacking group “OurMine hackers” have struck again. This time, the official twitter accounts of Netflix US, the NFL and Marvel have been targeted and compromised.
OurMine first gained prominence after taking over several official Twitter and social media accounts of prominent tech CEOs, including that of Google CEO Sundar PIchai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Ironically, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has had his own account compromised by OurMine as well, in the past.
Speaking to IBTimes UK, OurMine claims to have hacked popular streaming app Netflix’s US Twitter account late Tuesday night (December 20”). The group also claimed that they had hacked Twitter accounts belonging to Marvel Inc and a number of its characters, including those made popular during Marvel’s many recent movies. These include the likes of Black Panther, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more.
After compromising the official Netflix US account, OurMine simply stated:
Hey, it’s OurMine, Don’t worry we are just testing your security, contact us to tell you more about the hack contactourmineteam[@]gmail.com
Marvel Entertainment’s Twitter account, which has close to 4.4 million followers – double that of Netflix – suffered the same treatment. As the main Marvel account was linked to all other official Marvel character accounts via Tweetdeck, they were easily compromised, as well.
For its part, OurMine has always claimed that its hacking exploits are only to highlight the state of security inherent with those accounts, insisting that none of its actions were malicious in nature.
In an email conversation with CNET, OurMine claims that it now sees a warning message when it hacks into a new account, that typically reads “We detected unusual activity on your account.” The hacker group note that Twitter could be flagging the hacks automatically, possibly due to accounts being accessed from a different geographical region.
NFL, Marvel and the NFL have all regained control of their accounts. OurMine’s tweets are no longer seen on those accounts.
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